During the COVID-19 shut-down, many restaurant owners have started taking advantage of Michigan’s Workshare Program to keep employees working at least part-time.
The program pays unemployment benefits to your employee(s) if you have to reduce their hours.
This is how it works:
- Register your employees for the program through the MIWAM website.
- Determine how much you are going to reduce the employee’s hours.
- Report on MIWAM the reduced hours. MIWAM will determine the benefit payout based on the employee’s prior earnings.
- Inform the employee of the unemployment benefits that they will receive. The employee must register with MIWAM and give them direct deposit information for depositing their benefit check.
You must have a minimum two employees to participate. Beginning August 29, benefits paid out of Workshare are fully charged to the employer’s UI tax account.
If this sounds like something that would benefit you, call Lakia at ext 114 and she can help you.